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Check Out The 2013 Free Agency Glossary

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 5, 2013 – 12:17 pm

Have you ever picked up a newspaper or turned on the NFL Network only to wish you had a National Football League Free Agency Glossary? All the talk about unrestricted and restricted, or franchise tag and right of first refusal, it’s enough to make your head spin.

Ever wonder what the “CBA” is or how they determine the salary cap? Well, scratch your head no more because vikings.com, with the help of Vikings Vice President of Football Operations Rob Brzezinski, has all the definitions to important free agency terms.

And the timing couldn’t be better. Free agency begins on March 12 and the two-week designation period for teams to place the franchise tag on players just concluded on Monday.

Our thanks to Rob for helping with the tricky language. NFL front office executives such as Rob deal with these issues on a daily basis and they know these rules like the back of their hand. Rob is one of the most-respected at his position in the NFL, and the Vikings are fortunate to have him in a leadership position.

Here are a few examples of terms we’ve defined in the Free Agency Glossary…

Accrued Season: Any playing season for which a player received credit with respect to his qualifications for Unrestricted Free Agency or Restricted Free Agency.

Collective Bargaining Agreement or CBA: A fully binding agreement that governs all business (wages, hours, working conditions, etc.) that takes place between the National Football League Management Council (essentially, the NFL) and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA – essentially, the players).

Restricted Free Agent: A Veteran who has three Accrued Seasons and who completes performance of his Player Contract, but who is still subject to a Right of First Refusal and/or Draft Choice Compensation in favor of his prior club.

Check out the glossary by clicking here.


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46 Responses to “Check Out The 2013 Free Agency Glossary”

  1. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    First…

  2. By Champ Henson on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    For Percy Harvin and anyone experiencing migraines::
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  3. By iaVIKE on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    This one’s for you, WRHopkins…

    http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Pelissero_Vikings_shouldnt_waste_any_time_moving_on_from_Joe_Webb030513

    And you, deertracks

  4. By PurplHaze on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    The answer to Austin … Terell Sinkfield, WR, Northern Iowa, 6’1″, 4.19 40 yd. (hand timed). And, he has WR hands!

  5. By vikes4life06 on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    Chris johnson is a joke

  6. By TheRealDon on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    He was not happy with CJ

  7. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    iaVike…

    That was a well written article… ;-)

  8. By vikes4life06 on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    @TheRealDon Nah, I’m not that fond of him, lol

  9. By northwoodsv2 on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    And it’s unlikely any of them — except perhaps Cassel, 30 — have illusions about beating out Ponder in a competition the Vikings have made clear will not exist.

    “That would be the key,” Frazier said. “If the guy comes in and has the mindset that ‘I’m going to create a problem in the locker room’ because he feels he should be the starter, that would not be a good fit.
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    No, intentionally creating a problem in the locker room is not a good fit. Nobody, aside from AP and Kalil, should think they have a lock on a starting position.

    However, what is disappointing is that Vikings’ staff do not entertain the thought that someone could come in and beat Ponder out for the starting job. Dangerous thinking that could prevent us from making a run a the Super Bowl.

  10. By Mike B. on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    northwoods what part of Ponder is the Vikings QB of the future don’t you understand. They are building the team around a “Run First” QB game manager philosophy. This is the type of player that Ponder is. The time of Culpeper throwing down the field to Moss are long gone. This is a different Vikings team. You are going to see a lot of short to intermediate p@sses. I think from what I saw of Ponder’s highlights he could lite it up if needed. This is not the game plan Frazier or Musgrave have. Ponder fits what they want. Time to accept the style of play the coaches want.

  11. By Parkway on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    Jam the square peg in the round hole

  12. By Champ Henson on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    Mike B – you may be right. But a team still needs a qb that has the capability to bring a team back with his arm. There will be many games that a team falls behind by 14 -21 points. The only likely way to come back from thos types of deficiets is by throwing the ball down the field.

  13. By Champ Henson on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    I hope it doesn’t take another 3 years before we know whether or not Ponder can “lite it up”.

  14. By Champ Henson on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings fans have accepted average to poor QB play for way too long. T. Jack, McNabb, and now an average Ponder…..how much frustration are the fans expected to put up with?

  15. By Champ Henson on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    What type of player (person) would it be that signed a contract and didn’t want to be a starter? Are we going to bring in a QB and expect him to say “Ok coach Frazier, I’ll just hold the clip board, won’t work on getting better because Ponder’s your starter”? That type of thinking would be ridiculous for any coach to expect.

  16. By john61 on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    mybe we should make the feilds 30yards,ponder mybe could make that throw for a touchdown

  17. By Mike B. on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    I hear that Vince Young is going to work on proday. He could be a back up for Ponder.

  18. By Shawn on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    By Champ Henson on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply
    Mike B – you may be right. But a team still needs a qb that has the capability to bring a team back with his arm. There will be many games that a team falls behind by 14 -21 points.

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    There wont be “many games” we are down by 14-21. If there a more than a couple than our defense suks … A good defense gives up less than 20 per game. So they will rarely be down by 21 …

    The “great” offenses in the league have poor defenses and occasionally they win one.

    SF = defense better than offense
    Baltimore = normally better d than o … age caught up with the defense this season.

  19. By Shawn on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    the 11 best defense’s of 2012 gave up 21ppg or less… so being down by 21 in “many games” is 100% the defenses fault

  20. By Parkway on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    Webb is better than Young

  21. By oklaviking on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    Sounds like a lot of people down on ponder I thought for his first full year under center with no real recievers other than harvin and wright coming on late he did very good if loadholt can pass block with a couple extra recievers I think he’ll be fine

  22. By jasonerwin on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    Cassel or Flynn or draft but webb must go!!!

  23. By jermaine on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    yall screaming web must go do remember he is a wr i think he would do well if he go back to it but there just keeping him as a safety net he was good in the option the first series of the playoff game just they stopped doing after he is not a starter but good to have on the roster

  24. By Spencer on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    Off of one bad performance?

  25. By Champ Henson on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    Lets all remember that Webb hasn’t had two straight years and the guarantee of a third (without the threat of any competition) to play and develop.

  26. By Champ Henson on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    If another QB is brought in it should be for the purpose to push Ponder to improve, not to ensure that Ponder is further pampered and not be threatened by competition.

  27. By northwoodsv2 on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    Mike, that kind of thinking lost us games when Ponder was struggling so bad, and they refused to let Webb come into the game and see what he could do. Maybe he would have stunk it up too, but hey, it’s not baseball. Pull Webb back out and put Ponder back in. It’s allowed.

    Personally, I would not work for a boss who blindly states “This is the way we’re gonna do it, and this is who we’re gonna do it with, even IF there are better people who can do the job better.”

    We had Chester Taylor, who was getting the job done. Why take a chance on some injury-prone rookie named Adrian?

    I’m not saying sell Ponder down the road. I’m saying draft to better the team, and whoever gives us the best shot at winning gets the starting job. San Francisco was smart enough to understand that.

  28. By vikings rule on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    is Ponder a free agent yet? lol. no worries, no other team would even pick him up. he would hike it to the CFL

  29. By vikes- or - die on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder is our franchise QB. So why try to bring someone in to try and replace him? My God man, have some patients people.

  30. By Dr. Remulak on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    The thing is Joe Webbs mediocrity as a QB, and Fraziers insistence to keep him there, is holding his athleticism and potential back at another position.

    I didn’t realize he was 6 foot 4 and 220 lbs and runs a 40 at 4.43. Can he tackle? Does the organization even know? They need to work him out at any position where his height, size and speed are an advantage (RB, WR, CB, S, LB, Etc.) and see if he has an aptitude for one of them.

    He’s taller and faster than most DB’s. I’d at least try and see what I had in him before I dropped him.

    I’ve seen enough in his arm to know I don’t want to see anymore.

    I’d love to see him stay on the team because the players like him and he seems like a great teammate.

    Come on Frazier, do Joe a favor and find a place for this extraordinary athlete on the team!!!

  31. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    By Champ Henson on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply
    Lets all remember that Webb hasn’t had two straight years and the guarantee of a third (without the threat of any competition) to play and develop.

    TWO straight years AND a rookie year! Three years in the NFL.

  32. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder will be okay– in fact, he may turn out to be a very good QB. You people need to calm down– especially Parkway, with all his comic book theories aiding in his nonsensical ramblings to explain the world around him. Yesterday he said the one percent has had the cure for cancer for a long time– funny, lots of rich people die from the disease. OR is that a farce– and John Wayne is living somewhere in the Bahamas?

  33. By Dr. Remulak on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    I’ve seen John Wayne in the Bahamas, he has a Timeshare with Elvis.

  34. By Brian on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    I believe we need to hit 3 positions this off-season WR, backup QB, and MLB. First we need to pick up a reciever that can take the top off the defense and scare opposing defenses to stuff 8 in the box since, the MVP is in the backfield i would prefer Mike Wallace might be a little pricey but dudes got wheels and despite not being in training camp and i believe preseason last year for the Steelers still put up decent numbers, or at least better than Jenkins, Wright, and Simpson comibned. Next backup QB with Ponder watching games I always heard myself going WHY! sometimes he just makes high school qb mistakes its crazy. I think that getting a backup QB could go to ways either make him step his game up or make him realize he cannot play QB for the Minnesota Vikings. Next MLB last year sometimes I would feel that the D did great on first or second down and then it would be 3rd and 8 and next thing you know its a 12 yd gain across the middle for the opposing team, thats why I think in either free agency or the draft (Ogeltree) we need to lock up a MLB that can cover as well as play the run, solid at ROLB with Greeney, but still need to lock up LOLB, and that MLB than I believe it could really be show. And just for some fun how about Ed Reed playing in a different purple at a discount, very unlikely but itd be nasty.

  35. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Dr Remulak– ha ha ha– I had Elvis in my post with John Wayne, but I took him out cause it would only flame the conspiracy-induced mindset of Parkway– it might be a sensory overload.

  36. By Olly on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Reading the posts its obvious that Web is a favourite but the sensitive nature of most comments dont belong in teh NFL. Get a grip…no wonder we folded against Gren Bay. Tough games mean tough choices. You dont keep athleates on paid contracts because they are a nice guys when they underperform………Oh and Ponder being a franchise QB, blah blah ……Well we all have to swallow that bitter pill but no one really likes it or belives it.

  37. By vikes- or - die on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Almost any QB you draft is a Gamble. As an organization you have to allow a QB at least 3 season to begin to understand what you have. i could give example after example after example. But I won’t give examples because everyone on this blog knows better, I would think. I sincerly believe that Ponder is going to have a monster year. In my eyes he has continued to progress and I Believe he will put in the time to be a All PRO. Yo go Ponder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. By chris b on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Who in the hill are they going to sign then. Which back up QB in the nfl wouldnt compete with ponder. Come on they dont get much worse. Mabye the are lookin at my sister to be his back up. He is our weakest link why not try to get better at that postition. Geez

  39. By Rick on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder will do just fine if the vikings can put some talented receivers around him. He had better stats than Jay Cutler did and everybody seems to think Jay is a good QB. Cutler has better receivers than the Vikings. Ponder also did better than Andrew Luck who also has better receivers than the Vikings. Ponder has only played 1 full season and in that season he had Harvin for half the year and Rudalph. Wright came on in the last couple games but other than that there is nobody for the guy to throw to and if a QB can’t get into a rhythm with his receivers it is next to impossible to look good. Next take into the account that the games Ponder did poorly in the O-line decided to not show up (well mostly the guards and loadholt) I have said it before and I’ll say it again no QB in the league could have looked good last year on this team. The most important thing for the Vikings to get this off season is quality receivers. This will make it so the opposing defenses can’t just pin their ears back and rush the QB and give the QB somebody to throw too. This should in turn keep the Vikings defense off the field longer and not have them completely gassed by the 4th quarter.

  40. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Being a number one draft pick..Does not make you a “franchise player’…

    Spending a boat load of money on one player at a position does…AP is a franchise player…The Vikings franchise has a ton of money linked to AP…

    Ponder would be a “franchise” QB for the Vikings if he were to sign a huge contract…After the big season he will have this fall…Then the Vikings would have to spend big bucks to keep Ponder…

    The Vikings investment in Ponder now is nothing…A first round draft pick…C’mon…Big deal…Vikings have spent a first round draft pick on plenty of dud players…That they found that out on after one season…

    Ponder just keeps getting better…And with the worst WR core in the NFL !!!…
    And you still keep knocking Ponder ??…

    And some of you are more worried about what is going to happen to Webb ???
    A guy who knows only 10 plays in the playbook ???…After being on the team for 3 years….It seems like 10…

    http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Pelissero_Vikings_shouldnt_waste_any_time_moving_on_from_Joe_Webb030513?t=2

  41. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    I think Spielman does get competition for Ponder…

    But Ponder will be the starter this season…He knows the playbook…
    And its a lot bigger than that little piece of plastic Musgrave carries around…

    QB Tyler Wilson in the draft…Remember that name…
    And see where he ends up ???…And which round he goes in…

  42. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Draft chat at noon today…In case someone might be interested ???…

    http://min.scout.com/2/1272089.html

  43. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Revis update…

    http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4155/darrelle-revis

  44. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Give the man 300 million…
    He doesnt need anyone else on the team to win…Mwahahaha…(evil laugh)…

    http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/3118/aaron-rodgers

  45. By Rick on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    But Ponder will be the starter this season…He knows the playbook…
    And its a lot bigger than that little piece of plastic Musgrave carries around…

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    Maybe Musgrave has really really small handwriting LOL

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